General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 45
|College Core Course|
|HRPR 5001||Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions||0|
|CSCD 5730||Topics in Speech, Language and Hearing (2 terms)||6|
|PHIL 5216||Philosophy of Science||3|
|Research and Statistics Courses 1|
|EPBI 5201||Epidemiological Research Methods I||3|
|EPBI 8012||Multivariate Biostatistics||3|
|EPBI 8212||Grantsmanship in Health Research||3|
|HRPR 5999||Research Experience in Health Professions||0|
|Select five courses from the following: 2|
|Foundations in Child Language Disorders|
|Management of Child Language Disorders|
|Written Language Development and Disorders|
|Structural Equation Modeling|
|Multilev Mod in Int Res|
|Data Management and Analysis|
|CSCD 9994||Preliminary Examination Preparation||1|
|CSCD 9998||Pre-Dissertation Research 3||2|
|CSCD 9999||Dissertation Research 4||3|
|Total Credit Hours||45|
Other courses may meet this requirement if approved by mentor, Ph.D. Program Director, and department chair.
Alternate elective courses must be approved by the Ph.D. Program Director.
Students enrolled in CSCD 9998 must take 2 credits each term until the dissertation proposal is approved and filed with the Graduate School.
Students enrolled in CSCD 9999 must take a minimum of 3 credits after approval of the proposal and be enrolled for at least 3 credits each term until the dissertation is defended and filed with the Graduate School.
The preliminary examination serves as a prospectus/proposal to the dissertation. The typical preliminary examination consists of a fully referenced introduction (20-30 pages) followed by a proposed method section that will guide the candidate’s dissertation study. In conjunction with the preliminary examination, a student must submit a journal-quality article for peer review. The student must pass the preliminary examination in no more than two attempts. The Doctoral Advisory Committee evaluates the exam on a pass/fail basis. All judgments are by committee consensus.
The dissertation is an original study that makes a significant and publishable contribution to the field. It should demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and empirical literature of the area of investigation. It should also be of sound and rigorous methodology. Original research of quality appropriate for publication in a first-tier national journal is expected.
Graduate School guidelines for announcing the defense are followed. Notice is given through postings, email, and listserv announcements. The defense lasts two hours.